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Why Zimbabwe’s tobacco industry is unhappy with WHO

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There is hustle and bustle on the tobacco trading floors of Zimbabwe these days. After a decade of agricultural turmoil that crashed the

Missouri votes no on proposed tobacco tax increase

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Columbia Missourian-34 minutes ago

COLUMBIA — Missouri voters rejected a proposed increase in the state’s excise tax on tobacco products on Tuesday. The defeat of Proposition 


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Tobacco control: A sorry tale of neglect

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Islamabad: Government functionaries working in the domain oftobacco control have prepared a rosy picture for presentation in the Supreme 

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NSW Greens slam $30m tobacco investment

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The Greens have blasted the NSW government for investing almost $30 million in the tobacco industry and say the state should come clean

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Expert: Organized tobacco’s days are numbered

Cigarette merchants will be tried for crimes against humanity, says head of Israeli smoking prevention group.
It is inevitable that “the days of organized tobacco around the world are numbered” as exemplified by the declaration of the government of New Zealand, which will be smoke free by 2025 along with a growing number of other countries.”

This was the surprising and optimistic prediction on Wednesday of long-time smoking-prevention lawyer Amos Hausner, the head of the Israel Council for the Prevention of Smoking.

Hausner, the son of Gideon Hausner – Israel’s late attorney-general and prosecutor of Nazi murderer Adolf Eichmann – echoed the famous characterization of the Nazis by describing tobacco sales as the “the banality of evil.”

This phrase was coined by Jewish political philosopher Hannah Arendt in her 1963 work Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.

Her thesis was that the great evils in history generally, and the Holocaust in particular, were not executed by fanatics or sociopaths – but by ordinary people who accepted their state’s norms and therefore regarded their actions as normal.

Hausner said in Tel Aviv on Wednesday that tobacco companies’ actions also exemplify this because they know their products will kill half of their users, but they continue to make them even deadlier and market them.

“Unlike the Nazis, who were motivated by hate, anti-Semitism and vicious racism, the tobacco companies are motivated by greed,” the jurist said.

Hausner was one of the speakers at the first Israeli Conference on Tobacco or Health, which was held at Tel Aviv University and attended by over 150 people.

As for the “numbered days of organized tobacco,” Hausner said that public opinion surveys in New Zealand show that two-thirds of the public – including many smokers – advocate a “completely tobacco-free country.” Other countries will follow, he said, adding that he hoped Israel would eventually be among them.

A 2011 book with the title comparing tobacco to “a holocaust” called for its abolition, a term that was used in mid-19th century America, when slavery was legal, regarded as economically beneficial and widely supported in the South. But just a few years later, slavery was completely abolished – as if it never happened. The same, said Hausner to much applause, can happen with smoking.

“Today, we are in the midst of an irreversible process that will lead to the termination of organized tobacco,” he said.

“The environment will be completely tobacco-free. This is what people all over the world want.”

“Only last year, a book was published that asked: ‘What will happen if all Americans stopped smoking?’ Many people think this already. The public mind is already set for this process,” Hausner declared.

He added that last month, a small shareholder in a US tobacco conglomerate said when the CEO was about to retire: “Don’t you think that you will be subject to indictments on the basis of your crimes against humanity? Tobacco is killing 5.7 million people every year around the world.”

Hausner commented that instead of just suing tobacco companies for damages – such as the $245 billion judgement against organized tobacco in 1998, which ordered the companies to compensate the 50 US states for the costs of treating tobacco-related diseases – the legal action will focus against “crimes against humanity, of homicide, even the genocide of people by smoking their products.” Thus he predicted that such lawsuits will replace settlements of compensation for financial loses.

Health Ministry director-general Prof. Ronni Gamzu said that despite the slow decline in adult smoking rates in Israel to a little over 20 percent, the percentage of those who smoke must drop to 10% or less.

The country cannot afford to spend huge sums to treat patients harmed by tobacco, he said, and the ministry will take increasingly strict measures to raise tobacco taxes, restrict places where smoking is allowed and limit advertising of tobacco products.

However, Gamzu erred when he declared that “there is not a single newspaper in Israel that does not accept tobacco advertising,” even though he heard from The Jerusalem Post at a No Smoking Day press conference a few weeks ago that it has not run tobacco advertising for many years. The English-language Post also does not use photos of celebrities, models and others who smoke or hold cigarettes. Editor-in-chief Steve Linde confirmed this no-tobacco advertising policy, which the paper’s readers demand.

Gamzu later apologized for his comment that all Israeli newspapers advertise tobacco.

He added that he indeed heard that the Post has followed this policy for many years but “forgot.”

However, newspapers read by the haredi community – including Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman – regularly run tobacco advertising, with one ad employing havdala candles to remind readers to light up their cigarettes when Shabbat ends.

Prof. Gregory Connolly, a veteran researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health, said at the conference that tobacco killed 100 million people globally in the last century, with about five million people now dying from tobacco-related causes annually.

The figure will rise to eight million by 2030 until serious action is taken, he cautioned. “It could cost a billion lives in the 21st century,” Connolly said.

He noted that in the last two decades, while local companies like Dubek historically controlled tobacco production and sales in Israel, multinational companies such as Philip Morris have taken over the majority of the industry here, reaping the profits and leaving behind huge damage to the public health at the cost of billions of shekels a year.

Connolly noted that the tobacco industry conducts much research to make cigarettes and other products more addictive to children and adults, adding “pellets of menthol” that give the false impression that they are “lighter and easier to smoke,” as well as selling nicotine-packed, short cigarettes that enable employees to fully consume them before their smoking breaks end.

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Trade pact could weaken Australia’s tobacco fight

ABC Online – 1 day ago

There are concerns a new trans-Pacific trade agreement could weaken Australia’s defences against challenges to its planned tobacco

Australia to be hit with 3rd WTO suit – diplomats‎ Reuters UK
Australia to be hit with third WTO suit: diplomats‎ Updated News
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Secondhand smoke tied to more health effects: study

Reuters AlertNet – 15 hours ago

A number of studies have found that non-smokers who regularly breathe in other people’s tobacco smoke have an increased risk of developing 

Secondhand smoke tied to more health effects‎ Fox News
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U.S. surgeon general joins effort to reduce smoking in youths

New York Daily News – 3 hours ago

More than 1200 people die nationwide every day from tobacco use, Benjamin said. Benjamin, who lost her mother to lung cancer due to 

Students to participate in Tobacco Town Hall‎ Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
US Surgeon General brings nonsmoking message to Seattle‎
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Dusit Thani employees butt out for No Tobacco Day

Pattaya Mail – 12 hours ago

The Dusit Thani Hotel marked World No Tobacco Day when General Manager Chatchawal Supachayanont and hotel anti-smoking campaign

Michigan Mayor Janice Daniels Compares Being Gay To Smoking

by David Badash on June 14, 20

Not The First Time Troy, Michigan Mayor Has Attacked The Gay Community

Janice Daniels, the embattled Troy, Michigan mayor, on a local radio program yesterday said homosexuality was dangerous and compared homosexuality to cigarette smoking. Daniels, whose short tenure as mayor has been marked by comments she made on Facebook against gay people, has attempted to defend her comments and her extreme anti-gay positions, and continually seems to make matters worse, not better. Unsurprisingly, the unrepentant Daniels is facing a recall election.

Wednesday, Daniels told Charlie Langton of Talk Radio 1270 that the comments which initially began the firestorm against her were made before she was mayor and therefore, Daniels insists, shouldn’t count. The comments were not discovered until after she was elected.

CBS Detroit reports yesterday’s conversation:

“What I said while I was mayor … I was in a business meeting, I come from a business perspective … I said that I would bring a doctor into a meeting that would say that the homosexual lifestyle is dangerous,” Daniels said, adding,”Had I been with a group of smokers I might have said I would like to bring a doctor into this meeting to say that smoking is dangerous.”

Is it dangerous to be gay? Langton asked.

“I think that doctors can make a case for it certainly,” the mayor said, adding that she “had no opinion” on whether being gay is more dangerous than smoking.

“I don’t think this is productive for the city of Troy… This is just a diversion,” Daniels told Langton. “I would ask that these people come together with me to find mutual common ground.”

Langton asked if she had an issue being the mayor of Troy, a place that includes gay people.

“I realize that I am the mayor of all the people of Troy and I love all people … It was a pithy comment that I made, it was an in-the-moment kind of comment and I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to bring this kind of controversy upon myself.”

Daniels, who works in real estate when she’s not fulfilling mayoral duties, added:

“I am refinancing a home mortgage for a man who I would suspect could potentially be homosexual and we get along famously … In fact he brought papers into the office the other day and we actually grabbed each other’s arms and kind of stood together in solidarity because we’re refinancing his home loan …”

In January, Daniels wanted to bring psychologists with her to a high school gay-straight alliance forum to testify that homosexuality is a mental disease. The students withdrew the invitation and Daniels never stated that she actually had any psychologists who would deliver false testimony.

beware serpents offering free commercials : Anti-Smoking Video

Dear HK NGO’s

beware serpents offering ‘free’ commercials : Anti-Smoking Video

Big Tobacco funded attempted infiltration by their advertising agency ?

You decide…………………….

From: Kok Keong Chow []
Sent: 09 June, 2012 00:17
To: James Middleton
Subject: Re: FW: Anti-Smoking Video

Dear James,

We, TBWA “Malaysia” lost JTI early this year and we do have GSK NiQuitin at the moment. Advertising agency loses and wins clients in fast pace, there’s no permanent client in this industry.

Apology, I am not so sure about other clients in other TBWA offices around the world.

However, advertising agency do provide free advertising for some clients or organisations, just named a few here – Unicef, WWF, SPCA and other non-profitable organisation. As long as it is for good cause, we do support them without charging any fees. Not so sure in the other part of the world, but we really do it in most Asia countries such as Malaysia and Singapore.

The reason being why I approached NGO in Hong Kong because the video contains Chinese culture and Malaysia is a multi-racial society which may not be appropriate for this ad.

Well, thank you for your precious time, I understand your concerns about other TBWA offices and their tobacco clients. Your stand is absolutely make sense and I guess I shall move on to approach other NGO.

Thanks and best regards,

kok keong

On Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 11:57 PM, James Middleton <> wrote:

Dear Mr Kok,

I take note from your email below that you  state We do not have any tobacco client at the moment.”

I am also aware that there is no such thing as a free lunch and advertising companies bearing alms need serious arms length trepidation as to the reasoning behind such offers.

Advertising companies work for clients. They do not do things ‘for free’.  In case you did not know TBWA group has major  Big Tobacco clients and Big Pharma Glaxo Smith Kline.

Without delving too deeply into the background of your group clients the following suffices:

Ah yes, YSP

TBWA Client Philip Morris and JTI

Title “Text”
City London
Campaign MTV Youth Smoking Prevention Campaign – Philip Morris JT International
Advertiser Philip Morris International & JT International
Brand Youth Smoking Prevention
Business Sector Anti-Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco Message
Language English
Type Television
Length 30 seconds

“TBWA already works for GSK on anti-smoking products”

TBWA – Nicorette

TBWA loses British heart client due to clash with tobacco

By MICHELE MARTIN, Campaign, Friday, 29 May 1998 12:00AM  The British Heart Foundation account clashes dramatically with GGT’s Marlboro/Philip Morris tobacco business, which is worth around pounds 4 million to the agency in the UK. The British Heart Foundation spent pounds 1.5 million last year.

Rothmans International selects Intermarkets, retains Publi-Graphics for PR

Posted on May 5, 2011 by Susan Baker

Following a review, Rothmans of Pall Mall (International) Limited confirmed that part of its regional account will move to Intermarkets, the associate company of Rothmans’ UK agency TBWA. However, the tobacco giant will also maintain close links with Publi-Graphics with whom they have worked for 20 years.
Publi-Graphics retain the sizeable sponsorship and public relations account for the Middle East division of Rothmans. The development of public relations has been of key importance since their entry into Formula One motor racing with the Rothmans Williams Renault team.
“We are very pleased that Rothmans have endorsed the success of our public relations operation for them and look forward to continuing this successful partnership,” said Samir Khammar, Regional Director of Publi-Graphics.”
He added, “As long-time colleagues and friends, we wish both Rothmans and Intermarkets well in their new association.”
Chris Tomkinson, Managing Director of Rothmans of Pall Mall International, Middle East Division said, “We look forward to Publi-Graphics continuing their valuable contribution in the sponsorship, public relations and associated areas – particularly in relation to the Rothmans Williams Renault Formula One Team which plays an extremely significant role in our business, both globally and in the markets of the Middle East.”
Originally published in ArabAd, 1995

Philip Morris and TBWA fired up to beat ban. (TBWA/Holmes Knight Ritchie)Campaign

| January 25, 1991 | COPYRIGHT 2003 Haymarket Business Publications Ltd. (Hide copyright information)Copyright

Philip Morris is appointing TBWA Holmes Knight Ritchie to oversee a massive project to sidestep the impending ban on tobacco advertising.

To prepare itself for the expected loss of traditional media resulting from EC legislation, the tobacco giant is planning to assign a sizeable budget to explore new areas of advertising, perhaps as much as 15 million pounds.

TBWA Holmes Knight Ritchie creative director Murray Partridge will not reveal the specific techniques or ideas the agency …

From: Kok Keong Chow []

Sent: 08 June, 2012 22:45

To: James Middleton

Cc: Christian Masset; Edwin Town; Dr Judith Mackay;; Vienna LAI;; Chan Sophia

Subject: Re: Anti-Smoking Video

Dear James,

May I know how the status of the anti-smoking video is?


kok keong

From: Kok Keong Chow []

Sent: 06 June, 2012 20:02


Subject: Anti-Smoking Video

Dear James,

My name is Chow Kok Keong, Creative Director at TBWA Kuala Lumpur. My friend Yue-Li Gan in Hong Kong got me your contact. Please allow me to explain a little bit of the campaign’s objective, as well as my company profile.

TBWA Kuala Lumpur is an international advertising agency, our HQ is located in New York. Our website is

Our major clients include Standard Chartered Bank, Energizer, Haagen Dasz, Digi Tele communication, F&N, Havaianas and etc. We do not have any tobacco client at the moment.


Second hand smoke kills. (This direction works well with the “Smoke-free Hong Kong” mission)


we came out the anti-smoking ad for 2 reasons: Good cause and creative award submission.

We will shoot the ad and submit it to regional and international creative award shows, e.g. Spikes, Asia Pacific AdFest, The One Show, Cannes, D&AD and a few more. If we are picking up some awards from those competition, our agency’s creative profile will be raised. And we will publish the case so Clear The Air will get free media exposure too. It is a win-win situation after all. It is that simple :)


Having said that, we will bear the cost of the entire production include film production, post production, talent fees etc etc. The film director will be shooting the film in Shanghai this month. Hence we need a client confirmation before doing post production. It is absolutely free and zero cost to Clear The Air.


We will use this video on YouTube. You are allowed to use the video for your future campaign in any form, such as road show, website, Facebook etc etc. All these will not cost you a single cent.

Please let me know if you need further information, looking forward to hear from you soon.

Thanks and best regards,

Kok Keong Chow

Creative Director


15th Floor, Block B, HP Towers,

12 Jalan Gelenggang,

Bukit Damansara,

50490 Kuala Lumpur,


+60-3-20808200 \ f +60-3-20924130 \ d +60-3-20808256

Kok Keong Chow

Creative Director


15th Floor, Block B, HP Towers,

12 Jalan Gelenggang,

Bukit Damansara,

50490 Kuala Lumpur,


+60-3-20808200 \ f +60-3-20924130 \ d +60-3-20808256

—–Original Message—–

From: Yue-Li []

Sent: 05 June, 2012 10:53


Subject: Advertising Initiative Proposal

Dear Sir/ Madam,

My name is Yue-Li Gan, and i am emailing you on behalf of TBWA Malaysia, an advertising agency affiliated with the local Advertising Accreditation.

The reason for this email is that I would like to enquire for permission to work with your NGO to create a series of television commercials that speak the anti-smoking message.

This is completely free of charge, and Clear The Air will not have to pay a single cent. There is no catch, no fine line — TBWA Malaysia only requires your permission to speak on behalf of Clear the Air.

If you are interested, we would of course be more than happy to share the idea, story board and structure of the commercial.

Looking forward to your reply.


Miss Yue-Li Gan

Kok Keong Chow

Creative Director


15th Floor, Block B, HP Towers,

12 Jalan Gelenggang,

Bukit Damansara,

50490 Kuala Lumpur,


+60-3-20808200 \ f +60-3-20924130 \ d +60-3-20808256

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